The meeting of the WLE POA Recreation Committee was called to order by Tri Chair Frank Carrotozzolo at 10:00 a.m. January 12, 2019. Thirty-four members were present. All rose for the Pledge of Allegiance. The chair welcomed all those present, particularly some new faces.
Gwenn Phillips read the minutes from December 8, 2018 meeting. A correction was made to correct the spelling of Fran Raimo's name. Motion to accept minutes as corrected made by Mel Mack, seconded by Conrad Zabransky and passed by raise of hands.
Frank read the Treasurer's Report. Balance as of November 30, 2018 was $25,110.81 in checking and $5,045.98 in a CD. November income was $4,454.00 and expenses were $7,875.61. Balances as of December 31, 2018 included $21,690.12 in checking and a CD OF $5,045.98 for a total of $26,736.10. A motion to accept Treasurer's report was made by Rich Yack, seconded by Eileen McGregor and so carried.
Anna Tavoline reported on the bus trip to NYC. There is a slight overage.
Anna T reported on the success of Santa's appearance on the Fire Truck. The truck was decorated and candy and novelties were handed out to the children at Kasper Lodge. The event was well attended and Anna would like to make arrangements for next year.
New Year's Eve - 121 people attended and profit realized is $563.31. Family arrived with underage child and was refused entry. They were satisfied with explanation and receiving everything they would have received if present. Much discussion followed regarding underage individuals for events that include liquor. Members are reminded to have statement on flyer and tickets that event is "limited to individuals over 21".
A Pot Luck and Game Night will be at the main clubhouse this Sunday, January 13. Cathy Brunie reported 52 tickets sold so far. Tickets are $1 per person and an item for the pot luck.
Frank is chairing Roast Beef Dinner and Movie Sunday, January 20. He plans to show "Mama Mia, Here We Go Again" as the movie for the night. Prices are $10 per person.
Anna recognized some new faces joining the meeting and welcomed them. Everyone introduced himself and stated how many years they have lived here in WLE.
Terry Cuccinniello is scheduled to do the Bonfire during Wacky Winter Weekend but needs to step down. Jerry Beskovoyne volunteered to chair in her absence.
Bob Kaminski still has small group. Once his fingerprints and background check are complete, he will be able to advertise and get more children involved.
Super Bowl - February 3, 2019 - Frank has done paperwork for this event. It will be $15.00/person at the Main clubhouse. Deadline for tickets will be January 28.
Wacky Winter Weekend on schedule. - Sled building scheduled at Beaver Lodge Saturday afternoon February 16 and race next day. Sled event is dependent on snow.
- Ice cream social that same day. Eileen M reported that she had 174 people last year and will have all the fixings available for this year.
- Jerry B doing Bonfire Saturday night at Deer Lake. Hopefully, ice skating will be possible and even Ice Bowling.
- Eileen McGregor chairing Brunch - Sunday, February 17.
- The sled race at Rockledge area will take place Sunday afternoon.
- Marge and Al Kenny will run Family Bingo that evening.
All flyers are out and information on channel 20 and Facebook.
Continued discussion about putting "adult only" or "21 years and older" on flyers and tickets. Sue and Mel Mack will consider this when creating flyers
Frank read request from Kathy Sollenne requesting an increase in the amount underwritten for the bus for winter trip to NYC and show. Different opinions were shared. Item was tabled to our next meeting to allow members to mull it over.
Jack Vetter suggested Recreation purchase a new grill came with a description and picture. He is willing to pick it up and assemble it. Gwenn P made a motion to purchase a new grill, seconded by Anna T and passed with a verbal vote.
Rene' Gentile spoke about the need for new basketball rings and nets. Tennis courts are used all year. Al Cucciniello and Jerry Beskovoyne assured her that the Board of Directors will take care of this…not a Rec issue.
Jay Rivera spoke about the committee formed to welcome new residents. Plan is to create "Community Ambassadors" to contact new residents. Sue Mack shared the pamphlet she and Mel created as a possible example of what can be done. Marshall Perez shared some ideas from the committee - members will meet with "newbies;" budget of $1,200 per year; volunteer t shirts; pay for entry to an event. Next committee meeting February 7, at Adult Lodge. Al C and Jerry B will take this to the Board. Gwenn P made a motion that the Recreation Committee support the establishment of "Community Ambassadors" and their proposal for going forward, seconded by Eileen M and so carried. Marshall will report on status next meeting.
Dan Braun volunteered to chair creating an inventory of Recreation's possessions (games, props, decorations) stored in various locations. Last meeting Frank mentioned getting a committee together to get rid of unwanted items when the weather warms.
Dominic Tavoline shared his frustration with lack of things for children to do. He spoke about things he has done with his grandchildren such as golf lessons. Membership brainstormed possibilities. Volunteer chairs required for each program. Some discussion about paid summer program. Rene G will assist Dominic in getting something started. Many members in agreement and offered support.
Along this line, Eileen M suggested having a "field day" with old fashioned games, i.e. egg toss, water balloons, sack race. She volunteered to chair this and committee agreed Memorial Day weekend would be a good time.
Scavenger Hunt already scheduled as well as Family Bingo on Sunday night. Meet Your Neighbor reinstated. Frank reminded us that there is still not a chair for the July 4 celebration nor Memorial Day.
Jerry B will chair Easter Egg Hunt for the day before Easter, April 20, 2019. It will be similar to last year's with cookie decorating.
Jay Rivera wondered if a contact list of Recreation members existed. Committee chairs have their volunteer lists but nothing exists for all members. Some question about those who do not want to be on a list. Frank will bring something to next meeting as a start.
St. Patrick's Day is on schedule. Flyer out.
Gwenn will be absent for the February, March and April meetings. Jay Rivera, Mark Brunie and Marge Kenny will each take a month and do minutes.
There being no further business to come before the meeting, Jerry B made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Cathy Brunie and approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m.
Our next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. February 9, 2019, in the Adult Lodge